I have had two abortions, one at 17 and one at 21. The first was the result of one of the first five times I ever had sex. We used condoms every time and my mother had already helped me get hormonal birth control from a local clinic; I was waiting for my period to start so I could begin taking them. Just a few months before discovering I was pregnant, I had a conversation with my mom about my thoughts on abortion - namely that while I would never want the government to take away a woman’s right to have one, I didn’t think I could ever personally have one. She brought up that conversation when we both tearfully found my pregnancy test results to be positive and I more or less immediately said I wanted an abortion.
Something changed in my mind the moment I was faced with the actual real life decision - I naively thought unwanted pregnancies were something that happened to the irresponsible and careless. Knowing that I had been both responsible and careful, I was shocked that I was pregnant and knew immediately the boy I was with at the time was an imbecile who I never wanted to marry or procreate with. I never questioned my decision and still feel 100% it was the right decision for me.
My second abortion occurred when I was taking antibiotics while on hormonal birth control. When I first discovered I was pregnant - in a Planned Parenthood clinic - I broke down into tears; I couldn’t believe this was happening to me again. I knew I wasn’t ready to be a mother, I knew my boyfriend wasn’t ready to be a father. I wanted children, just not then. I was barely able to cover my very small portion of the rent in a house I shared with friends, even though I was working 45 hours a week. My boyfriend had to get a second job just so we could afford the abortion.
While I’m at it, I just want to say how grateful I was to have Planned Parenthood the second time around. I was living far away from my family and had no real close friends to go to other than my boyfriend. The nurse who gave me my pregnancy results held my hand while I broke down in tears. She told me the PP’s in that area didn’t provide prenatal or abortion services but that they would help me get in touch with whichever I wanted. She stayed with me until my boyfriend came to pick me up from my appointment and gave me an information sheet with numbers and addresses of (I think, it’s been a while) even numbers of abortion providers and adoption facilitators/prenatal care providers. After the abortion they provided me with several years of shame free, affordable, unbiased health care.
I have never once regretted either abortion, not even for a second. I feel no guilt, lose no sleep, and seldom give it more than a passing thought. When I DO think about it, it’s to reflect on how right that decision was for my life. I am now with the man I intend to have children with. If we do have an accidental pregnancy, we won’t hesitate to go through with it. I am ready now, both physically and mentally, and I’m so glad I wasn’t forced to give birth when I was neither.